In the past week or two, there were rumors going around at LACES.
These rumors concerned a new dress code policy that was to be enforced on the students, specifically on the girls. Students from every school have always thought that dress code policies were sexist against females.
The rumor was that every girl had to wear a bra, which is considered sexist because some people may feel uncomfortable with a male showing his “breast.” Though some people thought that was basic and okay, others were strongly opposed to this. We, the females, feel that we should have the freedom to do whatever we desire with our own bodies, and so we were offended that the school, without consulting us, had decided that they knew what was right for us.
The rumors spread to everyone including the administrators of the school. Eventually, in homeroom meetings, everything was cleared. The new policies still upset people; however, the administrators did make some improvements in order to not make the policies too gender specific. For example, instead of saying “no showing bra straps”, the new dress code said “under garments should not be visible.”
Though the wording of the policy is not gender specific, we still know which gender the school is targeting. And, in the new and revised document, some people were further frustrated. There were policies such as “not wearing anything that was considered gang-related material, including belts, hats, bandanas, and more.”
Since the new dress code was instituted, however, the new policies have not been as strictly as enforced as we thought they would be. The dress code still allows students to have some freedom of expression through fashion.